by Josephine Cordero Sapién
09 Mar 2021
Alstom will supply 34 double-decker regional trains to Lower Saxony in Germany.
The contract is worth almost 760 million euros for 34 Coradia Stream electric multiple units. The client is Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LNVG). Alstom will also deliver 30 years of maintenance services and spare parts for the trains as part of the contract.
“I am very pleased about the decision of the State of Lower Saxony and LNVG to set an example for sustainable mobility and climate protection with our Coradia Stream. Our modern double-decker train for LNVG is an ideal combination of innovation and passenger comfort. We are building our own service center especially for this order and will thus set an example with regard to environmental protection and energy efficiency.”
The trains are set to enter into passenger service in December 2024. They will run in the Expresskreuz Bremen/Niedersachsen region, will connects Bremen, Hanover, Oldenburg, Wilhelmshaven, Norddeich-Mole, Osnabrück and Bremerhaven.
The Coradia Stream High-Capacity double-decker EMUs are modular in nature. Each of the 34 trains will consist of four cars. Two of these will be driving cars and two will be centre cars. Alstom will also supply an additional 18 centre cars so that the trains can be lengthened to six-car units if passenger numbers require. That means the total order is for 68 driving cars and 86 centre cars.
It is the driving cars that will be double-decker units. This arrangement is a compromise between capacity and accessibility. The centre cars will have ramp-free access for passengers with reduced mobility. Alstom believes this combines efficient standardisation and tailored solutions depending on customer requirements, such as expandable bicycle compartments or multi-generation areas.
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